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Inter-firm knowledge transfer and experiential learning: A business sustainability approach on SME's absorptive capacity
by Lopez Lira Arjona, Alfonso, Ph.D., Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (Mexico), 2013, 126; 3570884
Abstract (Summary)

In emerging economies, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) are threatened by continuous political and economic changes. In such uncertain environments, knowledge is the distinctive factor for the achievement of a competitive advantage. However, limited funds and pressure from competitors force SMEs to seek for external sources of knowledge.

The Multinational Corporation (MNC) represents an alternative for business sustainability within the value chain, including both suppliers and clients. In the aim for pursuing such endeavor, a conceptual framework including inter-firm knowledge transfer processes from the MNC and experiential learning enhanced by the Academia is explored.

In sum, this dissertation is intended to examine the MNC’s and Academia’s role on the procurement of SMEs’ business sustainability through inter-firm knowledge transfer and experiential learning, in terms of absorptive capacity. More specifically, the impact of technical and technological knowledge transferred from the MNC on one side; and reflective learning on managerial skills and business vision from the Academia on the other side, is analyzed through SMEs’ absorptive capacity. Regarding business sustainability, the effect of the application of newly absorbed knowledge is analyzed in terms of SMEs’ selected indicators for business improvements. As a complement, a qualitative study is included in order to provide support for findings hereby obtained.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Cantu, Laura Zapata
School: Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (Mexico)
School Location: Mexico
Source: DAI-A 74/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Business administration, Management
Keywords: Absorptive capacity, Experiential learning, Knowledge transfer, Small and medium sized enterprises
Publication Number: 3570884
ISBN: 978-1-303-17719-4
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